Obama at U.S. Holocaust Museum: “Intolerance, racism, homophobia… diminishes us all”

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Barack ObamaPresident Obama spoke yesterday on resisting injustice and intolerance at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Day of Remembrance Ceremony, an annual commemoration of the victims of the Holocaust. From Obama’s speech…

“To this day, there are those who insist the Holocaust never happened, who perpetrate every form of intolerance — racism and anti- Semitism, homophobia, xenophobia, sexism and more — hatred that degrades its victim and diminishes us all.

Today and every day, we have an opportunity as well as an obligation to confront these scourges, to fight the impulse to turn the channel when we see images that disturb us or wrap ourselves in the false comfort that others’ sufferings are not our own. Instead, we have the opportunity to make a habit of empathy, to recognize ourselves in each other, to commit ourselves to resisting injustice and intolerance and indifference…”

Post by ILO on 04/24/09 at 5:32 pm